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The Life of William Edward Burghardt Du Bois William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington Massachusetts A descendant of African American French and Dutch ancestors he demonstrated his intellectual gifts at an early age He graduated from high school at age 16 the valedictorian and only black in his graduating class of 12 He was orphaned shortly after his graduation and was forced to fund his own college education He won a scholarship to Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee where he excelled and saw for the first time the plight of Southern blacks Du Bois had grown up with more privileges and advantages than most blacks living in the United States at that time and unlike most blacks living in the South he had suffered neither severe economic hardship nor repeated encounters with blatant racism As violence against blacks increased in the South throughout the 1880s Du Boiss scholarly education was matched by the hard lessons he learned about race relations He followed reports about the increasing number of lynchings calling each racially motivated killing a scar upon his soul Through these and other encounters with racial hatred as well as through his experience teaching in poor black communities in rural Tennessee during the summers Du Bois began to develop his racial consciousness and the desire to help improve conditions for all blacks Du Bois received his bachelors degree from Fisk in 1888 and won a scholarship to attend Harvard University Harvard considered his high school education and Fisk degree inadequate preparation for a masters program and he had to register as an undergraduate Du Bois received his second bachelors degree in 1890 and then enrolled in Harvards graduate school He earned his masters degree and then his doctoral degree in 1895 becoming the first black to receive that degree from Harvard By that time Du Bois had begun his research into the historical and sociological conditions of black Americans that would
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